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CHICAGO and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 28, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Green Thumb Industries Inc. (“Green Thumb” or the “Company”) (CSE: GTII) (OTCQX: GTBIF), a leading national cannabis consumer packaged goods company and owner of RISE Dispensaries, today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2023. Financial results are reported in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) and all currency is in U.S. dollars.

Highlights for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2023:

  • Fourth quarter revenue of $278 million increased 7% year-over-year.
  • Cash at quarter end of $162 million.
  • GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of $3 million or $0.01 per basic and diluted share.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $91 million or 33% of revenue; cash flow from operations of $71 million.
  • Opened seven RISE Dispensaries: six in Florida and one in New York.
  • Purchased $25 million of senior debt and $15 million of the Company’s Subordinate Voting Shares (“Shares”) under its share repurchase program.

Highlights for the year ended December 31, 2023:

  • Revenue of $1.1 billion increased 4% over the prior year.
  • Cash flow from operations of $225 million increased 42% year-over-year.
  • GAAP net income of $36 million or $0.15 per basic and diluted share.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $326 million or 31% of revenue, an increase of 5% over the prior year.
  • Purchased $40 million of the Company’s Shares during the year.
  • Strong balance sheet and disciplined capital allocation to support continued future growth.
  • Additionally, on February 28, 2024, the Company’s Board of Directors authorized an increase in its share repurchase program by $50 million, bringing the total remaining repurchase ability to approximately $60 million.

See definitions and reconciliation of non-GAAP measures elsewhere in this release.

Management Commentary

“As I reflect on the past year, the Green Thumb team has been amazing. We delivered a strong fourth quarter, including record revenue of $278 million, record Adjusted EBITDA of $91 million, and full year 2023 cash flow from operations of $225 million—all the while investing over $200 million in capex to fuel future growth. We ended the year with a strong balance sheet including $162 million in cash, net of $65 million returned to shareholders via share buybacks and debt repurchases,” said Green Thumb Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ben Kovler. “In 2023, we completed our major capex program that spanned over the past couple of years. With this heavy investment lift behind us, our Board of Directors authorized Green Thumb’s first share repurchase program to return capital to our valued shareholders, and I am pleased to announce that this morning, our Board of Directors approved an additional $50 million for the program.”

As I look to the future in 2024 and beyond, I am very optimistic—we have industry-leading brands that are gaining momentum, the best team in the business, a loyal and growing customer base, and the financial flexibility to keep riding the Green Wave.

Ben Kovler, CEO

Green Thumb President Anthony Georgiadis added, “We accomplished a great deal in 2023, thanks to all the hard work and dedication across our team. We opened fifteen new stores bringing our total to 91 dispensaries across fourteen states. We also built and expanded our cultivation and production facilities to meet increased demand for both medical and adult-use cannabis in several of our markets as well as developed new product types, such as Dogwalkers Show Dogs infused pre-rolls, that both engaged our customers and won market share. We look forward to carrying this strong momentum into 2024.”

Fourth Quarter and Full Year Financial Overview

Total revenue for the fourth quarter 2023 was $278.2 million, up 7.3% from the prior year period. For the full year 2023, total revenue increased 3.7% to $1.1 billion. Revenue growth in the fourth quarter was primarily driven by increased retail and consumer packaged goods sales in Maryland, reflecting the legalization of adult-use cannabis on July 1.

Overall retail revenue increased 5.5% versus the fourth quarter of 2022 and 3.7% for the full year 2023. Fourth quarter 2023 comparable sales (stores open at least 12 months) increased 1.3% versus the prior year on a base of 76 stores. Consumer Packaged Goods gross revenue increased 16.6% versus the fourth quarter of 2022 and 13.0% versus the full year 2023.

Gross profit for the fourth quarter 2023 was $142.7 million or 51.3% of revenue compared to $124.0 million or 47.8% of revenue for the fourth quarter 2022. For the full year, gross profit was $526.5 million or 49.9% of revenue versus $504.0 million or 49.5% in 2022. The increase in gross margin was primarily driven by revenue growth in the quarter.

Total selling, general and administrative expenses for the fourth quarter were $92.3 million or 33.2% of revenue, compared to $80.0 million or 30.9% of revenue for the fourth quarter 2022. Total selling, general and administrative expenses for the full year 2023 were $341.9 million or 32.4% of revenue, an increase from $294.4 million or 28.9% of revenue in the prior year, primarily driven by non-cash credits associated with acquisition related obligations recorded in 2022.

Net income attributable to the Company for the fourth quarter 2023 was $3.2 million or $0.01 per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $51.2 million, or a loss of $0.22 per basic and diluted share in the prior year period. Net income for the full year 2023 was $36.3 million or $0.15 per basic and diluted share, compared to a net income of $12.0 million or $0.05 per basic and diluted share in the prior year.

In the fourth quarter 2023, EBITDA was $77.8 million or 28.0% of revenue versus ($19.6) million or (7.5%) of revenue for the comparable period. EBITDA for the full year 2023 was $285.4 million, or 27.1% of revenue, versus $217.7 million, or 21.4% of revenue for the comparable period. Fourth quarter Adjusted EBITDA, which excluded non-cash stock-based compensation of $7.4 million and other non-operating adjustments of $5.7 million, was $90.8 million or 32.6% of revenue as compared to $81.2 million or 31.3% of revenue for the fourth quarter 2022. Adjusted EBITDA for the full year was $325.8 million or 30.9% of revenue, compared to $311.5 million or 30.6% of revenue last year.

For additional information on these non-GAAP financial measures, see below under “Non-GAAP Financial Information.”

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

As of December 31, 2023, current assets were $342.8 million, including cash and cash equivalents of $161.6 million. Total debt outstanding was $308.5 million.

Total basic and diluted weighted average shares outstanding for the three months ended December 31, 2023, were 237.9 million shares and 239.8 million shares, respectively.

Capital Allocation

In September 2023, the Board of Directors authorized a one-year $50 million program to repurchase up to approximately 10.5 million of the Company’s Subordinate Voting Shares. In the year ended December 31, 2023, Green Thumb repurchased 3.8 million shares for $39.9 million. On February 28, 2024, the Board approved an additional $50 million for the repurchase program, bringing the remaining authority to repurchase shares to approximately $60 million.

Green Thumb is not obligated to purchase any additional shares. If management determines it has better uses for its cash reserves, including for debt refinancing, strategic mergers and acquisitions or net working capital, it is under no obligation to purchase shares and share purchases may be suspended or terminated at any time at Green Thumb’s discretion. The actual number of shares purchased, timing of purchases and share price will depend upon market conditions at the time and securities law requirements. All shares acquired are returned to the treasury and cancelled.

During the fourth quarter, the Company repurchased $25 million of senior debt at 95% of their original value. As a result, the remaining principal balance was $225 million as of December 31, 2023.

Fourth Quarter Business Developments

  • On October 14, Green Thumb opened RISE Dispensary Brandon, Florida; profits from the grand opening were donated to Florida Justice Center.
  • On October 27, Green Thumb opened RISE Dispensary Sun City Center, Florida; profits from the grand opening were donated to Minorities for Medical Marijuana.
  • On November 10, Green Thumb opened RISE Dispensary Clearwater, Florida; profits from the grand opening were donated to Minorities for Medical Marijuana.
  • On December 1, Green Thumb opened RISE Dispensary Tampa and RISE Dispensary Crystal River, Florida; profits from the grand opening were donated to Tu Canna Foundation and The Bridge 4 Veterans, respectively.
  • On December 14, Green Thumb opened RISE Dispensary Long Beach, New York.
  • On December 15, Green Thumb opened RISE Dispensary Port Orange, Florida; profits from the grand opening were donated to Minorities for Medical Marijuana.

Non-GAAP Financial Information

This press release includes certain non-GAAP financial measures as defined by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP are included in the financial schedules attached to this press release. This information should be considered as supplemental in nature and not as a substitute for, or superior to, any measure of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Definitions

EBITDA: Earnings before interest, taxes, other income or expense and depreciation and amortization.

Adjusted EBITDA: Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization, adjusted for other income, non-cash stock-based compensation, one-time transaction related expenses, or other non-operating costs.

Conference Call and Webcast

Green Thumb will host a conference call on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at 5:00 pm ET to discuss its fourth quarter and full year 2023 financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2023. The earnings call may be accessed by dialing 844-883-3895 (toll-free) or 412-317-5797 (international). A live audio webcast of the call will also be available on the Investor Relations section of Green Thumb’s website at https://investors.gtigrows.com and will be archived for replay.

About Green Thumb Industries

Green Thumb Industries Inc. (“Green Thumb”), a national cannabis consumer packaged goods company and retailer, promotes well-being through the power of cannabis while giving back to the communities in which it serves. Green Thumb manufactures and distributes a portfolio of branded cannabis products including &Shine, Beboe, Dogwalkers, Doctor Solomon’s, Good Green, incredibles and RYTHM. The company also owns and operates rapidly growing national retail cannabis stores called RISE Dispensaries. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Green Thumb has 20 manufacturing facilities, 91 open retail locations and operations across 14 U.S. markets. Established in 2014, Green Thumb employs approximately 4,600 people and serves millions of patients and customers each year. More information is available at www.gtigrows.com.

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